is so much fear and dread about car rental industry that most tourists turn
their backs to car rentals and prefer using public transportation for
commutation. There is no harm in using any of the options as far as the
customer is making an informed decision which is only possible if they are
aware of the facts related to car rentals. A lot of people think, car rental is
an expensive affair; however this is where people can avail real bargains.
Consult any reputed agency and see the wonders of alteration. Agents can tweak
and fix personalised car hire deals. So,
it’s time to break off myths about car rental and say hello to a new
gone are the days when people believed in the commercial starring John McEnroe,
a tennis player striding through the array of brand new cars, picking one and
Picking-any-car-and-driving-off has some substance for business
travelers who process through loyalty programs; however the scenario is
entirely different for an average traveler. So, why to paint a picture that’s
just not going to happen? Or why to show just one side of the coin? Car rental
is not a treat for elites only, but anyone who is willing to pay a little extra
for commutation can avail car rentals. Nothing comes for free, so why not pay a
little more for personalized convenience? Car hire adds the sense of ownership,
comfort and flexibility to your tour routes and trips, and most importantly,
customers are given full authority to customize their packages according to
their needs and budget.
industry has squeezed in options to fill in the gap where people could rent and
avail according to their pockets. But how can a consumer make sure they’re
getting the best deal when renting a car? And how can they be safe from some of
the pitfalls, indeed horror stories that seem to go hand-in-hand with renting a
car? Seek transparency! Ask your provider for the services and deals you can
get at best possible rates, double check or ask again. Here are few common pits
that are easily preventable!
STOP! Don’t hire at the airport. When you arrive at the airport, you are not lost, you are just at
a different destination so don’t look for quick yet expensive solutions.
Renting at the airport could peel out every buck out of your pocket. At
airport, demand is usually high and people are often short of options so they
pay what is demanded. Renting online directly from the agency or through the
hotel you are staying in can help you avail good rates. This will reduce your
rental expenditure by 10% to 30%. Take a cab to your hotel, once you freshen
up, you can focus on more options.
Book for longer than you expect needing the car. To lower your base rate, tack on an extra day or at least a few
couple of hours even if you plan on returning the car earlier then you have
booked for. Systems are automated and for longer hours, they discount the rate
especially if you extend your booking to avail Friday and Saturday as well.
Some companies offer prorated refund on early return whereas you need to be
careful as some companies often charge you extra fee on early return. So seek
clarity before signing any contract.
Avoid additional insurance! It
would save you around $20 a day. Until you are carrying items that are
expensive and you can’t afford any loss on it or if you are a bad driver,
otherwise, cover your car rental insurance through your credit card. Most
credit cards cover car rental insurance, so there is no need to add any extra
coverage. Frequent travelers believe it’s a redundant expense. A lot of car
rental companies offer tempting add-ons over additional insurance but its
better you drop the offer!
Check fuel and mileage policy before you drive away! Most car hires are done inclusive of fuel but before you handover
your credit card details, make sure you are aware of company’s fuel and mileage
policies. Does it restrict mileage in any way? Offering full-to-empty fuel or
half tank? Is it inclusive or exclusive of the cost you are paying or not.
what smack dab the agency is offering. There are a lot of ways you can save and
avail rental car convenience on your tours and trips. Once you get clarity, you
are free to make informed decisions, often the best decisions!